Applethorpe

Just 10 minutes north of Stanthorpe on the New England Highway, or via the 'Fruit Run' Granite Tourist Drive, is the hamlet of Applethorpe - home of the "orchardists".

Applethorpe was originally named Roessler, however this German title was changed to appease post WW1 sensitivities and as the new name denotes, this area is literally an apple village. For generations Applethorpe has produced almost 100 per cent of all apples in Queensland. It was in Applethorpe that the first public cold store and packing house was established in 1945 with a capacity to store 20000 cases.

It is a worthwhile trip to leave the highway and drive along the 'Fruit Run', remembering that apples and other local fruits will be available for purchase seasonally. The apple season runs from January to June with different varieties ripening throughout this period.

Applethorpe, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Keppel Bay Islands National Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Keppel Bay Islands National Park protects 13 islands in the Keppel Group and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The islands are the traditional home of the Kanomi-Woppaburra people. Secluded beaches, plunging cliffs and diverse plant communities are just some of the attractions on offer.

Outer Rocks Dive Site

Great Keppel Island,
Free Entry
Outer Rocks, in the Keppel Group of Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, has entry at 8m over superb ridges rich in hard and soft coral. The ridge is known as Snake Paradise due to the resident population of olive sea snakes.

Egg Rock Dive Site

Great Keppel Island,
Free Entry
Egg Rock is located in a Marine National Park "B" Zone - the Keppel Group of Islands on the Great Barrier Reef are totally protected. Wall dives to 30m on the seaward side, numerous types of corals and fish life - some up to 70kg!

Child Island Dive Site

Great Keppel Island,
Free Entry
In the Keppel Group of Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, you can drift dive the deep channel to 30 metres between the Child and Barren islands known as "The Gulch". Its walls are lined with small colourful invertebrates.

Man and Wife Rocks Dive Site

Great Keppel Island,
Free Entry
Located in the Keppel Group of Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Man and Wife Rocks features a beautiful plateau (around six to eight metres) of rich coral reef with extensive varieties of hard and soft corals.

Emu Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Emu Park is situated along the Capricorn Coast, 45 kilometres east of Rockhampton. Emu Park is host to the Singing Ship, a monument overlooking the coast line. You can take a scenic drive of Yeppoon before arriving in Emu Park or drive straight from Rockhampton which passes the Koorana Crocodile Farm.

Great Keppel Island

Great Keppel Island,
The beaches on Great Keppel are really what set it apart from other islands. There are 17 pristine beaches on the island - many fringed with coral reefs, making this destination a dream holiday for those who love snorkelling or scuba diving.
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